On Stories: And Other Essays on Literature

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Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Sep 30, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 180 pages
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The theme of this collection is the excellence of Story, especially of the kind of story dear to C.S. Lewis - fantasy and science fiction, which he fostered in an age dominated by realistic fiction. Gathered here are nine essays that first appeared in "Of Other Worlds, " including "On Stories" and "On Three Ways of Writing for Children, " and eleven pieces not previously collected. Among the newcomers are reviews of works by J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, Rider Haggard, and George Orwell, a panegyric to Dorothy Sayers, and an essay. "The Death of Words, " which shows how common usage can distort and deprive language.

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User Review  - Mary Catelli - Goodreads

A collection of essays. All on literature in some way. There's reviews, and discussions of individual authors. (He doesn't review Orwell, for instance; he writes an essay comparing Animal Farm and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tim VanderMeulen - Goodreads

Here's a piece of the dialogue that inspires my own writing. 'On Stories', 'On Three Ways of Writing for Children', and 'Sometimes Fairy Stories May Say Best What's to Be Said' are timeless essays on ... Read full review

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C. S. (Clive Staples) Lewis, "Jack" to his intimates, was born on November 29, 1898 in Belfast, Ireland. His mother died when he was 10 years old and his lawyer father allowed Lewis and his brother Warren extensive freedom. The pair were extremely close and they took full advantage of this freedom, learning on their own and frequently enjoying games of make-believe. These early activities led to Lewis's lifelong attraction to fantasy and mythology, often reflected in his writing. He enjoyed writing about, and reading, literature of the past, publishing such works as the award-winning The Allegory of Love (1936), about the period of history known as the Middle Ages. Although at one time Lewis considered himself an atheist, he soon became fascinated with religion. He is probably best known for his books for young adults, such as his Chronicles of Narnia series. This fantasy series, as well as such works as The Screwtape Letters (a collection of letters written by the devil), is typical of the author's interest in mixing religion and mythology, evident in both his fictional works and nonfiction articles. Lewis served with the Somerset Light Infantry in World War I; for nearly 30 years he served as Fellow and tutor of Magdalen College at Oxford University. Later, he became Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University. C.S. Lewis married late in life, in 1957, and his wife, writer Joy Davidman, died of cancer in 1960. He remained at Cambridge until his death on November 22, 1963.

Walter Hooper, Literary Adviser to the Estate of C. S. Lewis, is editor of the three-volume work The Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis (2000, 2004 and 2006) and author of C. S. Lewis: A Companion and Guide (1996) and (with Roger Lancelyn Green) C. S. Lewis: A Biography (1974; revised edition, 2002).

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